Cape Otway Lightstation

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Cape Otway Lightstation is Australia’s oldest surviving lighthouse. It has been working continuously since 1848, protecting ships sailing through the ‘shipwreck coast’ off southern Victoria. It’s one of the most dangerous seas in the world. Hundreds of ships have been lost over the years. I haven’t been there for a few years but was really disappointed because the buildings look like they need a good paint. I’ve heard the complex of buildings have been renovated so it’s probably a good time to go back.

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Meatballs and Sons

Some of you may recall I ate at this new restaurant in Brunswick St, Fitzroy a few months ago. Yesterday I went there again. This time Mum, Dad and I went for my Mum’s birthday.

We all chose the 6oz Mallett burger with melted boconccini, tomato, pickles and tomato relish. We all loved it. I reckon it’s the best burger I’ve ever eaten. We followed that up with dessert. Dad and I had the brownie and Mum had an apple tart. I had the brownie last time so I knew it was delicious. Mum really liked the apple tart. The apple was cooked with the skin on which gave it a nice texture and extra flavour. I had mentioned to the waitress it was Mum’s birthday so she served the apple tart with a sparkler ablaze which was really nice.

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The Otway Fly Treetop Walk and Adventure

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The Otway Fly treetop walk is in the rainforest of the Otway Ranges in southwest Victoria. I’ve been there a few times and love it. The carpark is in a clearing and you walk down the footpath and descend into the forest. The fly walk then takes you back up to be amongst the canopy provided by the trees. At it’s highest, the walkway is 30m above ground and there is a 17m tower you can walk up to get a view above the trees and into the distance. It’s the longest and tallest treetop walk of it’s type in the world and includes a cantilevered walkway to give you an extra thrill. From start to finish, the walk is approx. 2kms long and can take an hour. Or longer if you want to really take your time. If you look carefully you will also see some dinosaurs lurking amongst the undergrowth.

They have also included a 2.5 hour zipline tour in recent years. It is a fully guided experience, including training and simulation, 8 cloud stations, 6 flights and 2 suspension bridges. You also get free entry to the Walk.

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The tower gives you an extra view over the treetops.

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The cantilevered arm of the steel walkway. It’s fun to jump up and down. A lot of people get really scared though so it’s best not to do it with strangers around.

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Looking up to the tower.

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I love the shape of this tree trunk.

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Looking down to the fern gully.

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